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3.0 out of 5 stars crazy, stupid and flyweight, 4 April 2014
This review is from: Crazy, Stupid, Love [DVD] [2012] (DVD)
Romantic comedies always seem to be disappointing - perhaps it's because you really hope it's going to be enjoyable escapism, but then it nearly always turns out to be paper-thin. Crazy Stupid Love fits this description, really - about a set of paper cutouts, even if the actors can't be faulted - the paper-thinness starts with the script. Clearly it is difficult to give a sense of depth when you are trying above all to be entertaining, but some scripts manage it ... This one may be quite sharp, but it is unconvincing in most scenes and nothing feels real. There is one scene of surreal mayhem in a garden that is effectively out of control, and Julianne Moore has her moments, the film tapping into her extreme loveliness at certain points, particularly the last scene. I also thought Ryan Gosling rather similar on the male side - really very appealing. At one point a girl asks him if his physique has been photoshopped, whch was neatly ironic. The film uses modern technology a good deal - mobiles, selfies all play a role in revealing character and subtle lying which you don't condemn the character for. It does have a truth at its heart which has to do with the double standard people may have as people in themselves as opposed to being parents; perhaps it's inevitable up to a point. The film turns a few neat arabesques around this theme. Steve Carell is good in the lead, but it is too contrived, the story is too bent into the shape the writers want to give it (a sentimental one), it can be quite cutesy, and is hampered by a fairly flat soundtrack. It also has no visual depth or interest apart from the beauty of the actors already mentioned, no sense of lives beyond the immediate frame. Perhaps none of this would have mattered so much if it had been funnier, but much of it raises a smile at most. Marisa Tomei actually lifts it in the comic stakes when she appears about halfway through, but her role is quite small.
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